Laura Neville is a PhD student in Geography and teaching assistant at the IGD, University of Lausanne. In her doctoral research she explores how environmental challenges intertwine with the production of urban space. Through ethnographic research, she focuses in particular on the everyday politics and practices of waste in the city of Cartagena, Colombia.
She holds an MSc in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master's degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. As part of her Bachelor's degree in Geography at the University of Lausanne, she studied for one year in the Department of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago. She was also a visiting PhD student at the Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia.
Her Master's research both at the LSE and the ULB dealt with the subject of housing policies in Latin America. After studying the consequences of the Chilean public housing policy on the practices of Latin American migrants in the centre of Santiago de Chile (at LSE), she carried on studying housing policies in Latin America through a comparative approach of three public housing programmes in Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil (at ULB). She later continued exploring the topic of access to housing for Latin American migrant populations by taking part in a research project of the Universidad de Chile on the mining city of Antofagasta in northern Chile.